Is French International On His Way To Newcastle?


Alan Pardew gave the biggest hint yet yesterday, about a player who may be arriving in the summer.

Mathieu Debuchy – French International right back

With Danny Simpson looking to leave Newcastle in the summer, Newcastle may already have decided on his replacement.

This is what Alan Pardew told BBC Newcastle yesterday:

“We are trying to bring another player to the club who is close to Yohan Cabaye. That is another little connection and a bit of a clue for you.”

It’s not a secret that Yohan’s best pal is his former team-mate at Lille, French international right back Mathieu Debuchy.

And Newcastle have been linked with the player for at least the last six months, and in the Lille 2-1 defeat of PSG recently, Mathieu had a great game and looked a very good player for Lille.

Of course the Newcastle scouts will have seen the player in action last season too, while they were scouting Yohan Cabaye.

And Debuchy is very likely to be included in the French squad for the Euo 2012 Championships in Poland and the Ukraine in June, and he already has 3 caps for France.

Like Cabaye, Lille is the only major club he has  played for, and he joined them when he was only 8 years old.

After spending ten years in the Lille youth system, he was promoted to the senior team following the winter break of the 2003–2004 season, and the 5’10” player made his debut for Lille in 2004, when he was just 18 years old.

Mathieu has since played 279 times for Lille with 17 goals, but he would cost a fee,  since he is under contract to the French Champions.

We think he would cost maybe around £6M for Newcastle to sign him, but he was also linked heavily with Valencia in March, and at the time he was quoted in L’Equipe as saying he knew of the Spanish club’s interest:

“I know Valencia are interested in me. But I’m focused on Ligue 1 for now. I want to end my season positively here before thinking about a possible transfer.”

“I have to accept that I am under contract and I won’t make the choice.”

We think the Frenchman would be an excellent signing for Newcastle, and he would fit right in on Tyneside,  and  would be a good replacement for Danny Simpson, if Danny leaves the club this summer.

And even if Danny stays,  he could still find that Mathieu Debuchy has arrived at Newcastle,  and will be fighting for that right back position in pre-season.

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210 comments so far

  • ochytoon

    May 12, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #1

    Isn’t Eden Hazard his best mate, hence why he came over for Cabaye’s birthday.

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  • rich_toonfan

    May 12, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #2

    From what I have heard he is a good player….not really seen anything though so can’t make a real judgement.

    All I can say from the previous article is that if a player goes an adequate and cheaper replacement will be bought.

    Is there much difference between ben arfa and eden hazard??

    not really, yet ben arfa wasn’t flavour of the month when we bought him so we got him cheaply. Hazard is getting a lot of press, touting himself around to command a large fee and wages.

    Give it til next season then somebody else will do the same and be the next must have at 30mil.

    It’s owners like abramovich who look at players as status symbols for the club. If he scouted thoroughly he could find a player of a similar level but for less than half the price.

    Some clubs and owners just want to be seen as the ones spending silly money to get the big names.

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  • WWJBD

    May 12, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #3

    Him Pieters and Douglas? Would still love us to go all out for Clyne tbh

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  • 09nufc09

    May 12, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #4

    Everytime pardew says we might sell he always says mike is a difficult seller and he wont sell cheap. I cant see anyone wanting to pay 25mil plus out right for one player, we turned down 30 mil for carroll and got it all in one installment plus we got a 25% sell on clause. Im confident if we sell it will be because the player has handed in a transfer request and we will replace with quality. Debuchy would be top of my list for right back, hes looked top class everytime ive seen him for france and for lille, would get in most teams in the pl imo.

    Rich_toonfan… Cabaye did an interview a few weeks back and said ben arfa reminds him of hazard and that he can win a game out of nothing at anytime. Both are special players.

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  • toonking

    May 12, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #5

    if he were to join and we did still sign petiers then who should be our full backs between these two and santon

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  • WWJBD

    May 12, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #6

    Toonking
    I reckon Santon would drop to the bench tbh he is young and has a lot to learn about his spot

    Two full internationals should be ahead of him in the pecking order for me

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  • davybtoon

    May 12, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #7

    After that interview yesterday am convinced Douglas n debuchy will sign n we will sign this Christophe lowinski who’s on trial

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  • lukes26

    May 12, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #8

    I’m still curious as to why Pardew went to two Ajax matches (one of them was vs. Twente)

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  • santoooooooooon

    May 12, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #9

    how good is this Clyne? Better than Simpson, or Tav?

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  • rich_toonfan

    May 12, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #10

    signing Peteirs is a risk I think.

    It purely depends whether his injury can heal naturally or be corrected with surgery.

    If it is a weakness he will always have I would stay clear.

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  • supatoonkid

    May 12, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #11

    Need to tie this lad up quick before Euros start but looks a top player + can’t let anybody see him playing well and try snatch him off us, In Pardew and Carr We Trust HWTL!

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  • davybtoon

    May 12, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #12

    Could b Toby alderweilder we get n not Douglas n there’s a good chance if that happens Douglas could end up at Ajax as replacement for him or vertoghen

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  • supatoonkid

    May 12, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #13

    We do not need Pieters as Santon is our 1st choice but we should sign up Ezekiel Fryer or/and Raheem Hanley to provide competition there (even if we sign Fryer then we should sign Hanley as he will give us more competition in CM as well as at LB/LM

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  • santoooooooooon

    May 12, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #14

    if we can i would like us to sign Vertonghen and Boilesen from Ajax, Debuchy and Hoilett and Jay Rodriguez. If we had Debuchy Santon and Boilesen all fit i would play Debuchy CDM as he is also very good in this position, and we would have two good attacking full backs

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 12, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #15

    Pardew sounded very excited about this Lowinski kid.

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  • White and Black Army

    May 12, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #16

    Whats your score predictions for tomorrow lads?

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  • joe

    May 12, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #17

    If I was a Lille fan I would hate Newcastle with a burning passion.

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  • santoooooooooon

    May 12, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #18

    where do you hear pardews interview he made about all of this?

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  • Robby Bobson

    May 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #19

    Debuchy is a class ahead of simmo and if we want him, we should try and get it done before the euros.

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  • santoooooooooon

    May 12, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #20

    2-0 newcastle
    2-0 fulham
    3-1 west brom

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  • Toonaholic

    May 12, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #22

    @joe, made me laugh, because i thought exactly the same thing, but football is a dog eat dog world, there is no time to feel sorry for others, but we all know that don’t we.
    As for Debuchy, i have know idea how good he is, ive only seen a vid of him getting snogged by Giroud on youtube : /

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  • davybtoon

    May 12, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #23

    Maybe it isn’t even debuchy were after pardew jus said cabaye pal could b anyone from Lille or the French squad

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  • santoooooooooon

    May 12, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #24

    might look at cabayes favoured personnel on footy manager 😉

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  • OBrien94

    May 12, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #25

    does anyone think that it could be Hazard, as i read something on twitter saying if we get champions league football he would join cabaye at Newcastle, but I think his price is too high for use

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  • davybtoon

    May 12, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #26

    Tds I thought that sounded like he will b classed as first team squad member n not a reserve

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  • toonking

    May 12, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #27

    the way things are going with who we are bringing in , next year might be a year our team is totally foreign and i can’t remember us even having one before. so for someone “me” who has been so critical with arsenal over how many foreign players they have had recent year i might as well say sorry, otherwise i will have to be just as much a critic of my team which i don’t want to do

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  • Offkey

    May 12, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #28

    Davy – there was an interview knocking about on here with Cabaye where the reporter acts a bit weird saying he fancied a film star (Ryan Gosling?), I’m sure its that interview where Cabaye says he has been talking to Debuchy, telling him to come here.

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  • Pardew's fist pump

    May 12, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #29

    Here’s Debuchy’s 2 assists against Germany.

    http://youtu.be/SmyzUaelhhc

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  • Offkey

    May 12, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #30

    I was wrong, he said it here

    “I told my friend (Mathieu) Debuchy he should come here. He said he would love to come to England and Newcastle. He would like to come here,” he told The Journal.

    “Newcastle now has a big reputation in France. When we play, French TV now shows Newcastle games. They try to show every game and support them.”

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  • check the toastie

    May 12, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #31

    Have seen more technique, ability and potential in 5 minutes of debuchy on you tube than in 3 years of Simpson, harsh but true,

    Get the lad signed, quite clearly takes our team to a higher level. Stop messing about and sign him and sell Simmo. Tav and Perch will be decent cover, Simpson is so much not required, dont understand why we now havent withdrawn his contract so we can move on.

    A gud lad Simmo may be but there is no room for sentiment in football, get rid.

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  • Robby Bobson

    May 12, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #32

    toonking…i aint fussed about how foreign our team is, judging by the price of english players these days.

    However, little things like replacing Gurhtie with Amalfitano, simpson for Debuchy/Peiters….

    it all adds up to our quota of foreign players we are allowed, so we need to keep an eye on it. We dont want a second squad full of average french players meaning that when we want to sign a top foreign player we cant because of our quota.

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  • Dannyo

    May 12, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #33

    Maybe we own half of the french national team in 3 years time. I wouldn’t mind that 😛

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  • shearerno9

    May 12, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #34

    check the toastie

    At about 2mins and 24 secs in that video im fairly sure if the ball had of gone out wide and it was simmo in debouchys position…. you would have torn into him… relax on the slagging of our players lad….

    Simmo cant be all that bad and clearly pardew rates him, ill take his opinion over any of your, any day of the week

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  • Tsunki

    May 12, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #35

    We are probably heading for the polarr opposite of the team of Geordies, but never mind. I think the new academy setup is being constructed so as not to be full of struggling hopefuls but sure fire talent slugging it out to make first team regular. The native talent needs to keep up so tav, fergy and co need to make sure they are up to that standard. Footy is multinational and its a tough business.

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  • Dannyo

    May 12, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #36

    @Tsunki
    YES. Gone are the days of the dreams of a Geordie team, it just doesn’t happen.
    Out of 25 hopefulls coming up through the academy, only 4 will probably make it in a 3-4 year period.
    It’s not good enough. So we go overseas, the demand for high performance footballers is bigger than ever to survive in the top of a league. We’re embracing that now, and it’s about time.

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  • WWJBD

    May 12, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #37

    Perch is a worse RB than Simpson and Tav is hugely untested

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  • Tsunki

    May 12, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #38

    I think the club have pinpointed the fact it’s no good getting mediocre talent in just because its foreign. We have had some real cack. And then we ask our local youngsters to keep ‘up’ with that ropey standard, hence the whole academy is dire. So now we have a clearout, and regular international standard prospects are vetted. This is the new standard so wake up you english wannabees, the bar is a good foot higher, so jump!

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  • Tsunki

    May 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #39

    WWJBD – if you gave perch a dozen games at RB you still think he’d be worse?

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  • WWJBD

    May 12, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #40

    Tunski
    Honestly I reckon so. Perch is decent and am glad he has come good but he isn’t a great player

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